Conservative Ladies

Thanks to All Who Made This Year’s Western Women’s Summit a Wonderful Event

Many of Friday’s speakers were carried live from Santa Barbara CA.  If you missed them, visit the Institute’s YouTube channel or our Video Archives to watch the recordings:

  • How Secure is America in 2013, K.T. McFarland
  • Student Activism: A Report from College Campuses, with a panel of students
  • Woman of Exceptional Courage Award Winner Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin Lt. Governor
  • Women in Business Panel Discussion, Donna Ecton, Lisa Field, Cleta Mitchell, and Amy Smith
  • Middle East Change Under Obama Presidency, Nonie Darwish
  • Clare Boothe Luce: Writer, Diplomat, Leader, Ursula Meese and Michelle Easton
  • America’s Fiscal Crisis, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
  • Keynote Speaker Jan Brewer, Arizona Governor

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The Conservative Woman

Conservatism is neither a religion nor ideology, explained Russell Kirk; “it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order … The conservative is a person who endeavors to conserve the best in our traditions and our institutions, reconciling the best with necessary reforms from time to time.”

She may be a social networker, but the conservative woman’s identity isn’t dependent upon a group. She is her own woman. Her allegiance is to individual liberty and Individualism, the salient characteristic of Western Civilization, and to its economic system, free-market capitalism.

She holds absolute the premise that power flows from the Creator to the people, who only loan it to the State. The conservative woman rejects the social system known as Collectivism and its economic system, socialism, which robs her of her liberty, her social and economic choices, and the rewards of her labor.


Faced with the liberal threats to their freedom and economic security, conservative women are mobilizing as never before.

“When the tea party movement burst onto the scene,” wrote in March 2010, “some liberal critics were quick to label its activists as angry white men.”

But experience and polls proved that assumption wrong. “Many of the tea party’s most influential grass-roots and national leaders are women,” reported Politico, “and a new poll released [in March] by Quinnipiac University suggest women might make up a majority of the movement as well.”

Now comes a new Citizens United film, Fire from the Heartland, that tells the story of a new conservative renaissance known as the Tea Party and how women are its driving force. Luce Institute president Michelle Easton participated in the film.

Krista Branch captures the mood of many conservative women in her song, I Am America.


Conservative women have good recent role models to guide them in their quest to restore Individualism: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Their battle is every conservative woman’s battle today, and their words serve as reminders that the work of preserving liberty is never done:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. … From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?” -President Reagan
“Let me give you my vision: a man’s right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the State as servant and not as master. They are the essence of a free economy and on that freedom all our other freedoms depend.” -Prime Minister Thatcher



From the launch of Red Alert Politics, our goal has been to Inform, Engage and Activate young conservatives across the country by serving as a platform for young people to receive news written for young conservatives by young conservatives and to present the opportunity for aspiring young journalists and activists to make their voices heard.

With our inaugural “30 Under 30 List” we’re adding another pillar to our objectives: Inspire.

Every person who was selected for this list has a unique story about just how influential young people can be with hard work and a can-do attitude.

Choosing just 30 young conservatives, libertarians and Republicans was tough. We would have profiled hundreds of young people making a difference on their campuses and communities if we could – we’re already looking forward to compiling next year’s list!

For that reason, we chose to close the list to Red Alert contributors and Clarity Media Group staff (The Weekly Standard, The Washington Examiner) in order to be as fair as possible. We think every single one of our contributors and the writers at our sister publications are doing stellar work and we’d have taken up the entire list if we’d included them all.

We hope that you’re as inspired by this great group of young people as we are and are encouraged to go out this presidential election year and show the country what our generation is capable of accomplishing.

fran_chambers profileRed Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers 

Amanda Henneberg Amanda                      Henneberg

Corie Whalen Corie                      Whalen

Orit Sklar Orit                      Sklar

Lila Rose Lila                      Rose

Elizabeth Santorum Elizabeth                      Santorum

Katie Pavlich Katie                       Pavlich

Michelle Fields Michelle                      Fields

Brittany Cohan Brittany                      Cohan

Ruth Malhotra Ruth                      Malhotra

Emily Lofgren Emily                      Lofgren

Hannah Jackman Hannah                      Jackman

Amanda Carpenter Amanda                      Carpenter

10 impressive conservative women

In honor of International Women’s Day, the women of Red Alert Politics put together a short list of conservative women who have inspired us. These women have paved the way for us to succeed in a male-dominated world and are true examples of women young female conservatives should model themselves after.

Very few women have been elected to political office in the United States. According to the U.S. House archives, only two percent of all members of Congress have been female. In addition, only 34 governors representing 24 states have been women.

While International Women’s Day originally started as a celebration of female activism, including the fight for women’s suffrage, it has since become a progressive movement that women such as Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda would be proud of, making it even more important that we promote female leaders in the conservative movement who promote the values of individual freedom and liberty.

So here’s our list (in alphabetical order):

Clare Booth Luce

Claire booth Luce

Clare Booth Luce was a writer and Congresswoman from Connecticut. She was also Ambassador to Italy – the first woman to hold a major Ambassadorship abroad. She is also the namesake of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, which provides resources and training to up-and-coming conservative women.

Monica Crowley


Monica Crowley is a top-ranked political talk show host and political commentator. She is also a foreign policy expert, having worked as a research assistant for former President Richard Nixon, publishing several books on American foreign relations and serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first female appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and is a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dana Loesch


Dana Loesch is a top-ranked political talk show host, political commentator and Tea Party activist.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a Congresswoman from Washington and is the Chair of the House Republican conference – making her the highest ranked Republican woman currently in Congress. She is also a true example of a working mother, having given birth twice while serving in Congress.

Dana Perino

dana perino

Dana Perino served as the White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush. She is currently a co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five.”

Jeannette Rankin


Jeanette Rankin was the first woman ever elected to Congress and a leader in the women’s suffragette movement. She is also the namesake of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, a nonprofit organization that gives educational scholarships to low-income women over the age of 35.

Ginger Rogers


Ginger Rogers was a Hollywood actress, dancer and singer. A lifelong Republican and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), she appeared in the Nixon-Lodge Bumper Sticker Motorcade in Los Angeles and was a vocal supporter of the Hollywood blacklist.

Shirley Temple


Shirley Temple (Black) was one of America’s favorite childhood actors.  As an adult she ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican and served as a representative to the United Nations and as Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia under Republican presidential administrations .

Margaret Thatcher


Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. While in office Thatcher helped modernize the nation, deregulating the national government and taking power away from the unions. Thatcher was also instrumental in ending the Cold War and bringing about the end of the Soviet Union.

By and /// March 8, 2013
Katie LaPotin About Katie LaPotinKatie LaPotin is a writer for Red Alert Politics. Originally from the City of Brotherly Love, Katie has an extensive background in political campaigning. She has worked on and managed several campaigns at all different levels, most recently serving as the Communications Director for a top-tier Congressional race in Virginia during the 2012 cycle. Katie has also worked at both a Republican polling firm and a conservative public relations firm. Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree from American University and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics. When not working on campaigns or writing Katie can be found rooting for her beloved Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers and vacationing at her shore house in Maryland. You can follow Katie on Twitter at @krlapotin.

Sarah Muro About Sarah MuroSarah is the Social Media Coordinator and an Associate Editor for Red Alert Politics. Originally from St. Louis, MO she moved to DC after graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Media Studies degree.  Sarah is a National Journalism Center alumni and interned as a videographer for The Daily Caller where her work was featured on The Drudge Report and Gawker. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahMuro.



Right Wing Women Rock (God will catch her)


Newly Elected Women Who Will Make History
by Newt and Callista Gingrich

December 8, 2010

Described as “The Year of the Republican Woman,” 2010 and the historic November elections were marked by the emergence of many bold, conservative women who led the national debate and were at the forefront of the movement to reclaim government for the American people.

This week, we highlight five of the newly-elected women of 2010, including Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, Kelly Ayotte, Nan Hayworth, and Linda Upmeyer.

Nine new Republican women won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), this surpasses the previous high mark of seven newly-elected Republican women in a single election.

New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte became the only newly-elected woman to join the U.S. Senate, and three Republican women were elected as new governors in their state — Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Nikki Haley of South Carolina. Governor Jan Brewer won reelection in Arizona.

Republican women didn’t just leave their mark in the U.S. House and Senate — the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that Republican women gained more than 100 seats in state legislatures, from 529 in 2010 to 653 in 2011.

Yet, even those candidates who did not achieve victory on November 2nd played a tremendous role in shaping the debate and defining 2010 as the Year of the Republican Woman — CEO’s Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina in California and Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

Indeed the support of both the Tea Party movement and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin had a tremendous influence on the emergence and success of many of these candidates, but the common denominator amongst all the newly-elected women was their commitment to American values and the American people.

These women are defined by the values for which they stand — job-creation, fiscal responsibility, excellence in education, health care reform, lower taxes, smaller government, and greater freedom.

They are role models, not only to women across the country, but to all Americans who are ready for real, transformative change. And just as they inspire us to become effective citizen leaders, these women, too, have mentors who inspired and guided them throughout their careers.

We are proud to highlight the newly-elected women who have made history in 2010 and the mentors who supported them through their journey.

Congresswoman-elect Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

A doctor, mother, and businesswoman, Congresswoman-elect Nan Hayworth first decided to run in New York’s 19th Congressional District to renew the promise of America.

As a retired ophthalmologist and former teacher at Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
Nan Hayworth has advocated for the repeal of Obamacare and the replacement of the big-government healthcare law with real solutions including tort reform, health-savings accounts, and the opportunity to purchase insurance across state lines.

With Hayworth’s victory, it is clear that New Yorkers and Americans are eager to put our country back on track to prosperity, job-creation, and common sense. She is determined to defend and promote our Constitutional freedom by placing power back in the hands of the American people, not the government.

Congresswoman-elect Hayworth has pledged to fight for policies that will empower Americans to revive our economy, rebuild our infrastructure, repair Social Security and Medicare, protect the environment, and strengthen our national security:

“If we can return to a government that the Founders, in their wisdom, envisioned for us, we can return to a government that will allow our economy to thrive again, and our people to live in liberty.”

South Carolina Governor-elect Nikki Haley

On November 2nd, Governor-elect Nikki Haley became the first female governor of South Carolina, the first minority governor in the state’s history, and only the second Indian-American governor in United States history.

Haley was born in South Carolina as the daughter of Indian immigrants. A graduate of Clemson University, she worked as the Accounting Supervisor in a large corporation before helping her family’s business grow into a multi-million dollar organization.

Governor-elect Haley first became a national sensation after her resounding primary victory in June of 2010, when she captured 65 percent of the vote in a run-off election. As the only female candidate running against three established Republicans in the race for Governor, Haley was helped by the support of the Tea Party movement and several endorsements, including Sarah Palin.

Her political debut began in 2004 when, as a relatively unknown candidate, she shocked the establishment by defeating the state’s longest serving legislator in a Republican primary and was elected to represent the 87th District in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Throughout her career in South Carolina, Governor-elect Nikki Haley has fought wasteful spending, pushed for smaller, more efficient government, and led the fight for accountability and transparency. She has proven to be one of the strongest fiscal conservatives in state government, and her professional experience as an accountant and Chief Financial Officer have armed her with the knowledge to run government efficiently — and on a budget.

As Governor-elect Haley reminded us in her Election Night speech:

“This movement was never meant to be about a person, it was never meant to be about an election. This movement was to be about how we take our state and our country back.”

Nikki Haley — read about a rising star in our party. Alysia Dagrosa, President, New York Young Republican Club, Inc.

New Mexico Governor-elect Susana Martinez

This year, Governor-elect Susana Martinez became the first female Governor in New Mexico’s history, and the first-ever Latina Republican Governor. In 2010, New Mexico was the battleground for only the third female vs. female gubernatorial race in American history.

Replacing Democratic Governor Bill Richardson in New Mexico, Governor-elect Martinez ran on a platform to cut wasteful spending, reform education, lower taxes, and end “pay-to-play” practices and other corruption in government to reform the state of New Mexico and continue her role as a dedicated public servant in her state.

Over the years, Susana Martinez has earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor, fighting relentlessly for the safety of children. In 2008, she was named Heart Magazine‘s “Woman of the Year,” for her advocacy for children’s safety, and in 2010 she was named New Mexico’s “Prosecutor of the Year.”

Dedicated to family values and private enterprise, Martinez is an ardent supporter of a balanced budget, lower government spending and Second Amendment rights.

Throughout her successful career as a prosecutor and public servant, Governor-elect Martinez points to the important example set by her mother to guide and inspire her during her journey. From The Santa Fe New Mexican:

Her sense of organization and business acumen came from her mother, Paula, who worked at jobs including bookkeeping.

Martinez said her mother taught her the virtue of patience, in part by showing her how to juggle a full-time job, a special-needs daughter, her children’s activities and working after hours as the family’s fledgling company was growing.

“Extreme patience,” is how she described what her mother had.

U.S. Senator-elect in New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte

Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte served for five years as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General. During her years as Attorney General, Ayotte won accolades as a prosecutor and presided over one of the safest states in the union.

Ayotte’s work as the state’s top law enforcement official earned her Manchester Union Leader’s “Citizen of the Year” award in 2008, while New Hampshire Magazine named her one of the state’s top-ten most powerful people and remarkable women.

Her husband, Joe, an Iraq war veteran, currently serves in the Air National Guard, and together they have created a successful landscape and snow removal company. Senator-elect Ayotte understands the impact of decisions made in Washington by government officials who have never been in any business — large or small.

She is committed to fiscal responsibility, laying out clear plans to curb the size of government and cut taxes.

Upon her victory on November 2nd, Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte reminded us:

“New Hampshire has sent a clear message to Washington: No more business as usual. No more spending money we don’t have on programs that don’t work. And no more back room deals. The people of New Hampshire have spoken, and their message is resounding: We’re taking our country back. With our nation at a crossroads, you have stood up to say loud and clear that in America, the people rule. This seat belongs to the people of New Hampshire, and that’s where it must remain.”

Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

The first woman to be chosen House Majority Leader in Iowa, Linda Upmeyer, will be serving her fifth term in the Iowa House of Representatives, after first being elected in 2002 to represent House District 12.

Born in Mason City, Iowa, her father, Del Stromer, was a farmer and former Majority Leader and Speaker of the House. Her mother, Harriet, was a homemaker and longtime aide to Del.

Upmeyer grew up in Garner, Iowa on the family farm, eventually receiving her Masters Degree in Nursing from Drake University. A certified Family Nurse Practitioner, she was elected as the Republican Whip in 2008 and has served on numerous committees such as Human Resources, Natural Resources and Administrative Rules.

Representative Upmeyer shares the impact and influence of her mentor, Joyce Hanes, in her own words:

I’m incredibly honored and humbled to have been chosen by my caucus as the first woman Majority Leader in the state of Iowa. It’s a big challenge that I take seriously.

While many people have helped me along the way, I’ve found a special mentor in Joyce Hanes. In the 1980’s, Joyce was appointed as a ‘token’ woman on our local community college board. Joyce wasn’t bent out of shape being the only woman on the board, and she wasn’t upset as to why she was chosen. Instead, she was a quiet leader, who did her job, worked hard, and got things done. Joyce went on to be the chair of the board. While she was chair, Joyce found a small town, farm wife, and mother of five little ones she thought could be an asset to the board. That woman was me. Joyce always saw the potential in others, even when they didn’t see it themselves. I went on to serve on that community college board with attorneys, doctors, and other business professionals for 13 years.

As I’ve moved through different phases of my personal and professional careers I’ve found countless people who have pushed me in various ways. When I went into my nursing career, I found mentors who worked hard and didn’t complain. When I went into politics, I learned from women who did the right thing no matter what, put people first and stood by their core principles.

As I start this next chapter, I will try to emulate all of the different lessons these mentors have shown me along the way.

The 2010 midterm elections have gone down in history, not only because of the largest Republican gain since 1948, but because of the new class of women leaders who define the conservative movement and America’s first principles of freedom, small government, and faith in the American people.

They are an inspiration to all Americans.

Your friends,

Newt and Callista,

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Pope John Paul II’s historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979 created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century. In Nine Days that Changed the World, Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with a Polish, American, and Italian cast, explore what transpired during these nine days that moved the Polish people to renew their hearts, reclaim their courage, and free themselves from the shackles of Communism


Yes they really are out there, and they’re smart, successful, beautiful, and great Americans.

The top  15  Conservative Women In The New Media.

1) Dana Loesch

Dana Loesch

2) Ashley Herzog, Townhall

Ashley Herzog

3) Shelly Roche, Bytestyle TV

Shelly Roche

4) Tabitha Hale, Pink Elephant Pundit

Tabitha Hale

5) Moxie

Moxie6) Media Lizzy, Media Lizzy & Friends

Media Lizzy

7) Michelle Oddis, Human Events

Michelle Oddis

8)Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin

9) Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs

Pamela Geller

10) S.E. Cupp, Red S.E. Cupp

S.E. Cupp

11) Bettina Inclan

Bettina Inclan

12) Dr. Helen

Dr. Helen Smith

13) Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

14) Amanda Carpenter, Hot Button

Amanda Carpenter

15) Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden

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